LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Alice Ward, the matriarch of a Massachusetts boxing clan who was portrayed in “The Fighter” in an Oscar-winning performance by Melissa Leo, has died. She was 79.

Family friend John Descoteaux says Ward died at a Boston hospital Wednesday, one day after she was taken off life support. She had gone into cardiac arrest in January and stopped breathing for more than 30 minutes.

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In “The Fighter,” Ward is portrayed as a bleach-blond, boozy, lovingly domineering mother to boxers Micky Ward and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund. Micky Ward rose from his blue-collar roots and overcame ugly squabbling with his relatives to earn a boxing title shot in 2000, when he was in his mid-30s.

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Alice Ward is survived by nine children.

Funeral plans have not been finalized.

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